Pine Shaker Closet Dresser #2: Gluing, pocket holes and stanley #45

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Blog entry by PaBull posted 02-21-2012 04:06 PM 15625 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Designing and materials Part 2 of Pine Shaker Closet Dresser series Part 3: Drawers, the "Fruit of the Loom", size matters »

Today I went ahead and got the boards for the top and sides all cut up. The sides are nice and straight. And we are gluing up the boards. I do them one board at a time. this way I have a better control over the alignment of the boards and I have to do less planing and or sanding later.

Below is an other picture with the designing of the dresser. I used a FWW magazine to get some inspiration on how the build the “guts” of a dresser. I need to see this coming together still. I am used to making cabinets with face frame, but you loose a lot of space behind the frame.

It’s time to take the Kreg pocket hole jig out of the closet. I really like this jig. I have used this jig throughout my house for all the face frames on the cabinets and for straight board glue ups. Below are the inner members (dividers and guides?) of the dresser.

Sorry, this was not my picture, they used oak not pine. Besides that, my bench does not look as clean.

After the sides and top are dry, they come out of the clamps and they need to be flattened somewhat. I used the sander for this (no need for a picture here, what do you think?).

Next is the dado’s in the sides for the drawer supports. For this I need to refer back to a project posted a while back. I was inspired by Marc Spagnuolo. He posted a jig that would making dado’s very easy.

After looking at this video, I came up with a little different version of the jig:

'Never Fail' dado jig for the router

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It is time to put the cabinet together. This is by far the hardest one I assembled. With all the dado’s, I was not sure where to start.

It came together better than expected. One of the hardest parts was the compound inaccuracy of the dado’s. You can not see it on the picture, but the bottom stretcher is slightly bowed because all the verticals a just a little too tall.

And than you find out you forgot something. I have a bad case of CRS (Can’t Remember Shit). I forgot to put the rabbit in the back of the side panels for the 1/4 back. Now what…...

I don’t know what you guys would have done in this case, I thought of making a jig for the router, but that was too much work. I thought of getting a chisel.
But than I remembered having a #45 sitting in a dusty corner. I had that thing for years, never used it. It was more a woodworkers collector thing. I dug it up and sharpened the blade. It took some setting up. Come parts were rusted up a little.

I was amazed how well old Betsy worked out, once set up it took less than 5 minutes per side to remove the wood.

Problem solved. On to the next thing.

As I mentioned, no dovetails and no wood-on-wood drawers. So I went to my favorite specialty hardware store, the Home Depot for drawer slides. And spend a life savings on this pile of hardware. (why did we need this many drawers again?)

For the drawers I like to use Baltic Birch. It is stable, it is straight and best of all, it was given to me by my friend.
One little problem is that the thickness is all over the board, so I need to watch it when cutting the front and back to size. This was going to be an issue anyway, because not all openings are exactly the same.
Did I mention that I have a bad case of CRS…. So I use the cabinet to keep track of all my drawer parts.

This will be it for a while, because we have a busy schedule the rest of the week.

Take care, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 04:39 PM

Man o man, that’s a complicated assembly. It’s totally fantastic. And you know I love seeing that 45 making shavings. A friend was just mentioning that he’d never thought of the 45 for a rebate. Well, there you go! It’s really looking nice.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 04:47 PM

I went to your website, Al. You did a nice job restoring that #45.

Yes, it was as if the #45 was made for just doing that rabbit. It worked like a charm.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 06:47 PM

Fantastic presentation and wright up, looking forward to next installment.

-- We are all one decision away from stupid.

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 08:45 PM

start to looks good :-)
have you made the glue up on the verticals if not then you can still save it from the bowe
but then you have to work in fractions of a mm with the plane …. :-b

have a good busy week

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 09:17 PM

Ah, the ability to jump OVER (leave) the high wall of the rebate with the #45 (vs. a #78) makes total sense… That’s an awesome pic. Perfect tool for the job, PaBull! Kudos to you for the hybrid woodworking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 12:12 AM

Smitty, I was surprised myself about the abilities of the #45. It takes a little of adjusting and seeing what does what on this plane. I have a #55 too, and I always thought it would do everything the #45 does and than some, but this was definitely a #45 job nothing for the #55.

Dennis, it is all glued in place. No saving on this one. And I’ll stick with the inches. It took me years of getting used to when I moved to the US. I am getting to old to change again. ;-)

Xplorx4, thanks for your kind words. The next episode will be a while, as I said got some stuff to do, other than woodworking.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 01:01 AM

Pa, I’m covetous of your #55, man! Would love one for it’s ability, I think, to make moulding-type cuts beyond what I do with beading w/ my #45 (which I use alot)...

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 06:50 PM

Now I see why you came up with the jig for drawer slides. You have a lot of very nice projects.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 07:00 PM

You got it, Al.
As they say “think with your head not with your screwdriver”, maybe that was not a saying.

See the next post too!

Be good, Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 05-24-2012 10:26 AM

Hi my friend,
Sorry to have missed a lot here, I have had a busy life lately…
Now I will sit and go through it all, step by step.
I love that 45!
And the hardware… you are… wax and wood next time.
The front of the cabinet looks like modern architecture at theis point.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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